• Class 3A football championship notebook: Heritage Hall's Andy Bogert goes out with gold ball

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The state title was the final game of Bogert’s coaching career, after his preseason announcement that he would step down when the season completed. His son, Brett Bogert, served as co-head coach and will take over the program for next season.

  • Wis-Whitewater beats Mount Union for D-III title

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SALEM, Va. (AP) — Matt Behrendt was the overshadowed quarterback again. Until they played the game. The Wisconsin-Whitewater senior threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns and the Warhawks continued their mastery of Mount Union in the NCAA Division III championship game with a 43-34 victory Friday night. The Warhawks (15-0) extended their winning streak to 32 games, the longest in the nation, and beat the Purple Raiders for the sixth time in the last seven meetings — all in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. Behrendt finished 26 for 38 with two interceptions and was named the most outstanding player for the second year in a row, both times after outplaying Kevin Burke, the Purple Raiders' two-time Gagliardi Trophy- winning

  • Texas Tech upends Ark-Pine Bluff 72-51

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech was well aware of the threat posed by Marcel Mosley, Arkansas-Pine Bluff's leading scorer, and the Red Raiders knew they needed a stiff defense for him on Friday night. "That was one of the main keys we had to do because we knew (Mosely) was good from the perimeter and we wanted to make him drive," said Devaugntah Williams, who scored 11 points in Texas Tech's 72-51 win over the Golden Lions. Justin Gray led the Red Raiders with 13 points. The win gave the Red Raiders (9-1) their ninth straight win at home and moves them to 2-0 in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, which continues Monday for Texas Tech. Texas Tech pulled away slowly in the second half as the Golden Lions sho

  • BC-BKC--Ark.-Pine Bluff-Texas Tech Long Box


    Percentages: FG .313, FT .636. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Robinson 4-6, Mosley 2-8, Love 1-3, Whiting 0-1, Hammond 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 4 (McIntyre 2, Berry, Parker). Turnovers: 16 (Mosley 5, Hammond 3, Handley Jr. 2, Robinson, Tillman, Parker, Johnson, Whiting, McIntyre). Steals: 9 (Robinson 4, Mosley 2, Hammond 2, Love). Technical Fouls: None. Percentages: FG .479, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Williams 2-4, Evans 1-1, Gotcher 1-3, Ross 0-1, Onwuasor 0-1, Turner 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Gray 2, Evans). Turnovers: 15 (Williams 2, Odiase 2, Ross, Foster, Mays, Onwuasor, Manderson, Evans, Gray, Jamison, Lammert, Gotcher, Turner).

  • BC-BKC--Ark.-Pine Bluff-Texas Tech Box


    Mosley 3-14 6-8 14, Hammond 1-6 4-6 6, Love 2-12 0-0 5, Robinson 6-9 1-2 17, Berry 0-0 0-0 0, Handley Jr. 1-3 1-2 3, McIntyre 0-0 0-0 0, Floyd 0-0 0-0 0, Whiting 2-4 2-4 6, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Tillman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-48 14-22 51. Williams 3-8 3-3 11, Gray 4-6 5-6 13, Smith 0-0 2-2 2, Turner 1-6 1-2 3, Odiase 3-4 1-5 7, Manderson 0-0 2-4 2, Mays 1-1 0-0 2, Onwuasor 2-3 2-3 6, Jamison 4-8 0-0 8, Evans 2-3 4-4 9, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Ross 1-2 2-2 4, Gotcher 2-5 0-0 5, Foster 0-2 0-2 0, Lammert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 22-33 72. Halftime_Texas Tech 35-26. 3-Point Goals_Ark.-Pine Bluff 7-23 (Robinson 4-6, Mosley 2-8, Love 1-3, Whiting 0-1, Hammond 0-5), Texas Tech 4-13 (Williams 2-4, Evans 1-1, Gotcher 1-3

  • Padres obtain Middlebrooks from Red Sox


    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night. Hanigan was acquired by San Diego from Tampa Bay earlier in the day in an 11-player, three-team deal that also brought outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, to the Padres. It's the fifth big trade Padres general manager A.J. Preller has made in just more than a week. Preller has also obtained Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Derek Norris in an effort to bolster the worst offense in the majors. Middlebrooks hit 15 homers as a rookie in 2012 and 17 in 2013 before injuries, a .191 average and shuttling up and down from Triple-A led t

  • No. 2 UConn women beat No. 25 DePaul 98-64


    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — No. 2 UConn took about 5 minutes to shake off the rust of a two-week break from basketball. Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and the Huskies routed No. 25 DePaul 98-64 on Friday night. Kia Nurse had 19 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 16 points and nine rebounds for UConn (7-1), which had not played since beating Notre Dame on Dec. 6. Morgan Tuck and Gabby Williams each had 14 points. Brittany Hrynko led DePaul (7-4) with 17 points. Jessica January and Megan Rogowski each added 13 points. UConn held the Blue Demons 27 points under their season average. The game was tied at 24 before UConn switched to a zone defense and went on a 12-0 run. The Huskies led by 20 at halftime a

  • BC-BKW--T25-Syracuse-Baylor Long Box


    Percentages: FG .361, FT .769. 3-Point Goals: 10-32, .313 (Henderson 5-7, B. Butler 4-16, Peterson 1-5, Ford 0-2, Fondren 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 9 (Brian. Day 4, B. Day 2, Ford, Fondren, Slim). Turnovers: 16 (Peterson 7, Fondren 3, Henderson 2, Ford 2, Brian. Day, B. Butler). Steals: 7 (Fondren 2, Peterson 2, B. Butler 2, Ford). Technical Fouls: None. Percentages: FG .417, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Wright 2-7, Wallace 1-3, Prince 1-5). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 5 (Johnson 3, Cave, Agbuke). Turnovers: 25 (Davis 7, Wallace 5, Wright 3, Cohen 3, Johnson 2, Small 2, Prince, Cave, Agbuke). Steals: 7 (Johnson 2, Wright, Cave, Davis, Agbu

  • BC-BKW--T25-Syracuse-Baylor Box


    Peterson 6-16 3-4 16, B. Butler 6-24 0-0 16, Brian. Day 5-8 1-2 11, Slim 0-0 0-0 0, Fondren 0-3 0-0 0, Henderson 8-16 6-6 27, Ford 1-4 0-0 2, Witherspoon 0-0 0-0 0, B. Day 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 26-72 10-13 72. Davis 8-20 10-16 26, Wright 4-12 2-2 12, Prince 1-5 0-0 3, Johnson 1-5 0-1 2, Higgins 1-1 0-0 2, Cave 5-8 3-5 13, Agbuke 3-4 3-4 9, Wallace 1-4 2-2 5, Small 1-1 0-0 2, Cohen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-60 20-30 74. Halftime_Syracuse 29-26. 3-Point Goals_Syracuse 10-32 (Henderson 5-7, B. Butler 4-16, Peterson 1-5, Ford 0-2, Fondren 0-2), Baylor 4-15 (Wright 2-7, Wallace 1-3, Prince 1-5). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Syracuse 38 (Brian. Day 13), Baylor 52 (Davis 17). Assists_Syracuse 14 (Henderson, Peterson 5), Baylor 21 (Johns

  • Cubs and catcher David Ross reach 2-year deal


    CHICAGO (AP) — David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts this year before the Red Sox traded the pitcher to Oakland. Ross, who will turn 38 in spring training, hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 50 games for Boston last season. The Cubs got two-time All-Star catcher Miguel Montero in a trade with Arizona this month.

  • No. 9 Baylor women beat No. 19 Syracuse 74-72


    WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — After playing what Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said "might have been the worst half of basketball I've ever coached," the Bears found a way to make her 500th game a successful one. Nina Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds and Niya Johnson hit the go-head basket with a minute remaining as the ninth-ranked Bears beat No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 on Friday night in the Florida Sunshine Classic at Rollins College. The Orange had the ball with 16.1 seconds remaining with a chance to tie or take the lead, but Baylor defense swarmed Syracuse guard Brianna Butler, forcing a driving shot by Alexis Peterson that fell off the rim, giving Baylor (9-1) its eighth straight victory.

  • Why Northern Illinois could upset Marshall

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Northern Illinois has won three of the last four Mid-American Conference titles. The Huskies are not new to the spotlight. Marshall wilted when the spotlight hit.

  • Former Sooner quarterback Justin Fuente will be a hot commodity after Memphis success

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Fuente, hired away three years ago from Gary Patterson’s TCU staff, produced records of 4-8 and 3-9 his first two seasons. But this year, Memphis lost only to UCLA (42-35), Ole Miss (24-3) and Houston (28-24). Memphis hadn’t won a conference title in 43 years and hadn’t posted at least nine wins in 51 years. And the mood of the city and the school known for basketball has changed.

  • Ranking college football's pre-Christmas bowl games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    1. Miami Beach Bowl, Brigham Young vs. Memphis, 1 p.m. Monday, ESPN: Good for Oklahoma eyes. BYU is a perennial candidate to join the Big 12, and Memphis is coached by Tulsa Union’s Justin Fuente. 2. Las Vegas Bowl, Utah vs. Colorado State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC: Utes are the only Power-5 conference team playing before Christmas. 3. Bahamas Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, 11 a.m. Wednesday, ESPN: Early scouting opportunity for OSU; the Cowboys open at Central Michigan next September. 4. Poinsettia Bowl, Navy vs. San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN: Two local favorites; the hometown Aztecs vs. the Midshipmen in a heavy Naval town. 5. Boca Raton Bowl, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, 5 p.m.

  • Nevada's Brian Polian needs a win over Louisana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Brian Polian, the son of famed NFL executive Bill Polian, was hired as the Nevada coach two years ago. Brian Polian, who turns 40 on Monday, had been special teams coach at Notre Dame (2005-09), Stanford (2010-11) and Texas A&M (2012).

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant remains day-to-day with a right ankle sprain

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins also out with a minor knee contusion. He is listed as day-to-day.

  • Gray leads No. 6 North Carolina to 65-36 victory


    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — When Allisha Gray got going, so did No. 6 North Carolina. Gray scored 11 of her 17 points after halftime and the Tar Heels bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 65-36 victory over Maine at the Carolinas Challenge on Friday night. Despite leading 14-0, North Carolina (10-1) found itself struggling to make shots and led the Black Bears (7-4) just 24-21 with 18 minutes remaining. That's when Gray and the Tar Heels broke off a 20-3 run fueled by four of their five 3-pointers of the game. "You see in the second half, the shots started falling and we got into the flow of the game," said Gray, the sophomore who leads North Carolina in scoring.

  • Tom Herman introduced as Houston football coach


    HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Herman said he embraces the challenge of the Houston Cougars when he was introduced as their new football coach, but first he paid tribute to his former boss and mentor, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. At an introductory news conference Friday, Herman said Meyer taught him the importance of competing every day in everything, the importance of a coach earning the trust of his players and "that the toughest-coached team always has a chance to win the game, regardless of talent." The Cougars "have a ton of talent," and the Cougars "will recruit some of the finest talent in the state of Texas," Herman promised. "We will be exciting to watch," he assured. First, though, Herman said he needed

  • APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax


    NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball on Friday and obtained by The Associated Press. That is more than $20 million above the previous high, set by the Yankees last year. For the first time since the current luxury tax began in 2003, the Yankees won't be paying the most. The luxury tax was put in place as a slowdown on spending by high-revenue teams, and teams pay based on the amount they are over the $189 million threshold. The Dodgers owe $26,621,125 based o

  • Johnson leads No. 9 Baylor to win over Syracuse


    WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Niya Johnson made the go-ahead basket with a minute left as No. 9 Baylor defeated No. 19 Syracuse 74-72 Friday night, giving coach Kim Mulkey the win in her 500th game. Syracuse had the ball with 16.1 seconds remaining with a chance to tie or take the lead, but a driving shot by Alexis Peterson fell off the rim and Baylor (9-1) held on for its eighth straight win. Diamond Henderson hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 27 points to lead Syracuse (8-2). Briana Day had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The game was tied at 70 with roughly three minutes to play when Day banked in a shot from the top of the key to put Syracuse in front.